Instagram Tutorial

You can now post to Instagram from your computer

Instagram introduced a huge change today, launching a fully-functional web app that lets you upload photos from a phone browser, no app needed. Instagram didn’t officially add the option to desktop browsers, but it’s there — you just have to find it.

Many Instagrammers — myself included — shoot photos on a dSLR camera and edit them on their computer before uploading to Instagram. That means having to transfer the finished photo to a phone (via AirDrop or email), which is cumbersome, at best.

This workaround cuts that step out, making dSLR uploads easier than ever.

You can now post to Instagram from your computer

How to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop browser

Most browsers have a way of letting you change the “User Agent” — the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on. So, even when you’re on a laptop or desktop, you can trick a website like Instagram into showing you the mobile site. That’s what we’re going to do.

Safari

On Safari, it’s easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

Now open a private browsing window. Head to Develop > User Agent > Safari — iOS 10 — iPhone. Go to Instagram.com, sign in and click the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo from your desktop.

Chrome

In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click the page > Inspect > click the Tablet icon (top-left). The page should switch to mobile view, where you’ll find a camera button at the bottom of the screen, which lets you upload a photo from your desktop.

 

 

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